Academic Program – MS Petroleum Engineering Degree

Residency Requirements

Oil-Pumps-Sunset-2sm Both on-campus and distance education students will complete all courses in this program to receive their degree. Courses are offered using current distance learning methods. However, each student will need to participate in person in a fieldwork course for two weeks in the summer. This course takes place annually in early May.

Course Requirements

The M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering can be completed in as little as 16 months. The program consists of course work, practical field and design work, culminating in a thesis or project.

The course work involves petroleum engineering fundamentals and advanced topics, fundamental petroleum geologic concepts as well as exposure to constraints on energy technologies (geopolitical and economic considerations, environmental issues).

A minimum of 33 semester hours is required. The required courses are summarized below. For more information on a specific course, click the title to be directed to the course syllabus.

Financial Obligations

Students admitted into the Petroleum Engineering MS degree are expected to cover all expenses, including tuition and fees. Tuition rates for Utah residents and non-residents taking courses on campus are published* in the engineering graduate tuition section of the Financial and Business Services website. Tuition rates for students participating in the distance education option are indicated in the table below.

Course Number Title Credit Hours Semester On-Campus
CH EN 6163 Petroleum Geoscience 3 Fall Published* $2,500
CH EN 6181 Drilling and Production Operations 3 Fall Published* $2,500
CH EN 6185 Reservoir Engineering 3 Spring Published* $2,500
CH EN 6167 Petroleum Production Engineering 3 Spring Published* $2,500
CH EN 6165 Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Engineering 3 Spring Published* $2,500
CH EN 6156 Simulation of Petroleum Reservoirs 3 Summer Published* $2,500
CH EN 6187 Reservoir Characterization 3 Summer Published* $2,500
CH EN 6158 Energy and Society 3 Fall Published* $2,500
CH EN 6900 Advanced Design: Petroleum Engineering Project 6 Any Published*  $3,000
CH EN 6171 Field Study 3 Summer Published* $2,500
Special Field Study course fee for CH EN 6171 $3,000 $3,000
Total 33 $28,500

For additional information regarding procedures for the Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering degree, please consult the Department of Chemical Engineering Graduate Handbook.

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